Are you religious?

I would like to believe in a god and afterlife but my common sense tells me that it's all just bullshit created to control the masses. "It has served us well, this myth of Christ". Leopold X.

As much as I would like to believe that there's some old man in some dimension looking over me and as long as I do the right thing then I will live in his beautiful domain for eternity in bliss. But I just can't see how it's real. When I look up reasons to believe in God the "proof" given is shoddy at best, and the reasons not to believe are slapping me in the face.

I sure wish I could believe though. It would make me feel better about death and losing loved ones. But I just can't. It's too obvious that it's all just a fake story designed to get people to do as the church wanted. What do u think about religion?

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  • Iwas raised in a roman catholic family. At 15 was reading the bible trying to fully understand god. I then decided to join different churches and none were teaching what I was expected. Finally met some witnesses of jehovah and that made me re-read the bible. I then concluded that it was all bullshit and that none of this makes sense. My little sister was already an atheist then. So I discussed with her. It was difficult to face this - that all those stories were fictional. It took me time but now I'm free. I live my life without caring about the eternal punishment and not feeling guilty for everytime I do something that's against the writings. I'm definitely more happy since I've left religion.

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    • Had to laugh at the impact the Jehovah Witnesses had on your views. It's one of the very few positive things that toxic religion has ever achieved.

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  • I'm kind of in the middle here. I was raised Christian, and honestly I think there is a God, but he's a a f*cked up narcissistic dictator who will throw you in hell if you make a single mistake and don't pledge your life to his constant worship.

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    • This sounds about right.

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    • One of Mark Twain's lesser known works is "Letters from the Earth", which was published after his death, mainly because his daughter was afraid the public might turn against him because of the anti-religious views expressed in the book.

      The premise is that the book is a collection of letters written by Satan to Gabriel and Michael about the current state of affairs on Earth. Twain had a wonderfully cynical view of people and religion, and one of the passages in the book talks about how preachers say that those who go to heaven will spend all eternity singing the praises of God, how that sounds pretty damn tedious to him, and how a God who demands that sort of constant praise must be pretty damn screwed up.

      There's lots of other stuff that sounds amazingly modern, considering the "letters" were written over a century ago.

      One passage I found very amusing was a long discussion about how if there is a God, he made a fundamental error in the design of human beings since women are capable of having sex virtually constantly from the time they reach puberty until they're seventy, whereas men are good for - at most - a few times a day in their prime, and that prime passes very quickly.

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  • The church or God or whatever would have went under as soon as it started if not for their "devil". He is the only thing keeping the church in business.

    They say you have to truly love God to get into heaven. Most people who attend church are just there for the fellowship (which is normal to want a social life) or they are trying to "get out of going to hell".

    How though could you love someone or something that sends people to hell?
    Some would argue that we send ourselves to hell. That may be true but if someone is set up for failure (like living in a world full of temptation and just could NOT function without sin) then what are they suppose to do?

    Some will survive a car crash or have many blessings and say "God was looking out for me". Ok, so is he NOT looking out for all the abused kids out there? Like kids who get locked in filthy basements as punishment?

    The reason some believe in it is because the human ego is too big to fit inside the mind of mankind.
    Or maybe beause it is just too difficult to imagine yourself, in first person, dead.

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    • Ok. Wow. You are so much more intelligent and enlightened than I thought.

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      • I didn't come up with most of that stuff. Just things i have read over time.
        Except the part about "God watching over people".

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  • I think most would like to believe in a caring god and a good afterlife. But reality doesn’t care what we want. We have over four thousand religions in the world today yet everyone thinks that their magical fairy in the sky is the right one. Fact is we can’t prove or disprove the existence of god or the afterlife but when you have no proof of something we don’t think it has to exist. Until someone can show proof we should assume it doesn’t exist

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  • Believing in religion is normal but doesn't make it right. Also majority to religious people don't believe in their religion they are simply scared of the unknown and that what makes them religious. As someone once said when caught with a bible reading in his elderly age .. "you never know"

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  • Humanism, human rights and animal rights over religion for me

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  • I’m spiritual, not religious. In my mind, that means my spiritual beliefs are not centered around a particular religion’s rules or beliefs, I and don’t need to gather at a place (church) to do my thing.

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  • The reasons TO BELIEVE are slapping you in the face!

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    • Not really. I've tried to believe but my scientific reasoning and common sense are telling me it's all bullshit.

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    • A lot of True Believers would happily slap the OP in the face and do far worse things in an attempt to make him or her believe too.

      Which says something about the real nature of religious belief.

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    • You have to love God and Jesus. I show them my boobies 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • Like a football game, I rather be up on the sidelines and not getting pushed around with false believes

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  • God can’t save you from the devils touch ;)

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  • please do not use -ists or -isms

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  • Used to, but after seeing all the poo (wrong doings) across all denominations of the church/religion I've backed off.

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  • Wow guess nobody's religious anymore. So why isn't God a non-question already? If nobody likes or believes in him, then he's not there... riiight?

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    • Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the "all mighty" is the church and the people who runs them.that's my cause.

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  • Non-religious.

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  • Ideology is a trap. You want to live for god so you look for people who have a friendly opening line to explain what god is to you.

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  • I was raised Catholic and somewhere along the way I just started thinking it was all bullshit. It's just a way to keep people in line. It's almost like saying, "wait til your father gets home.....". So now I'm something between atheist and agnostic, I think there is something but not a sky wizard. More like a balancing of the universe or nature. Or it's all just a simulation.

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  • People say there are evil killers because god gave us free will. But if god created what we call free will, why would he have included evil and hate? Why give us the capability to do evil things? Why wouldn't he have only created peaceful, happy paths?
    I don't think I believe in any particular god but I understand why people do.

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  • To say there is no God with any amount of certainty is foolish. How many so called atheists are open to the possibility that life exists elsewhere in the universe but are closed to the possibility that God exists but our understanding of him / it is wrong or limited. Man didn't believe in germs or bacteria until we saw them with our own eyes but they always existed right along side us.

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  • I think I am. Others tell me I'm not.

    I guess it depends on one's perspective.

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  • Non religious.

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  • No.

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  • My take is thst religion has ruined spirituality and the belief there is something more to our lives than what we experience on earth. Defined religions and all the hoops you have to jump through to show you are a good, moral, person worthy of God's love is crap. Look at the explosive rise to non denominational mega churches and the like. People are tired of religion, but feel the need to be connected to a higher being. Is the bible real? Who knows really. Take the book for what its worth, a bunch of stories. And after reading it, if it gives you something to believe in, then you have your answer. If it makes you feel better to believe, then where is the harm? Im not a big fan of prove it to me to believe, but if that is good for you then so be it. Myself, i think it makes me feel better knowing that someday, i will be reconnected to my loved ones. But i stopped going to church, i hated the religion.

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  • I can't answer Normal or Not Mormal because your post is ambiguous: do you want us to answer the question in the heading or the question at the end of the post?

    I am not religious despite being brought up by fundamentalist christians. I guess I am spiritual to a certain extent, if feeling a strong connection to nature and other people is spiritual, but I worship no god or goddess.

    If you want to validate and clarify your rational response to religion, check out Christopher Hitchens' book "God is Not Great - How Religion Poisons Everything" plus dozens, maybe hundreds of stuff on youtube


    If you want to clarify and solidify you

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